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UN Women: Programme Specialist, Gender and Humanitarian Action
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Feb-13|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||364 Days|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
In undertaking its mandate to support “existing coordination mechanisms to generate a more effective United Nations system-wide humanitarian response to respond to the specific needs of women and girls…” UN Women seeks to complement and enhance the capacity of other UN entities to serve their respective mandates and deliver on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Based on UN Women’s new Humanitarian Strategy, the Humanitarian Unit develops and implements the programme of work on research, analysis and knowledge management and provides guidance, technical and strategic support to intergovernmental processes, the UN System and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment in disaster risk reduction/preparedness, emergency response and recovery. Furthermore, the Humanitarian Unit leads capacity development, coordination and advocacy efforts for a coherent approach on gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action and its linkage and synergy with sustainable development.
The scope of work of the Programme Specialist requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues, as well as expertise on humanitarian issues to translate UN Women`s strategic plans into results. It also requires developing mutually reinforcing partnerships with member states, civil society, regional institutions and the international humanitarian system, including relevant UN entities and bilateral donors to enhance awareness, commitment, visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.
The Programme Specialist reports to the Gender and Humanitarian Action Advisor, who provides the strategic leadership, guidance and oversight of the Humanitarian Unit and the formulation and execution of its programmes and operations. Under the overall guidance of the Gender and Humanitarian Advisor, the Programme Specialist will provide technical and advisory support to the humanitarian system, the UN system as well as UN Women regional and country offices and relevant units in headquarters such as Programme and Partnership Divisions. She/he will also work closely with the Gender and Humanitarian Action Programme Analyst and the Peace and Security Cluster in New York.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Gender and Humanitarian Action Advisor, the Programme Specialist will have the following functions:
Summary of Key Functions:
Description of Functions:
Technical Advisory Support and Results Based Management:
Coordination, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Support:
Evidence-based Advocacy and Communication:
Capacity Building and Knowledge Management:Impact of Results:
The functioning of the newly-established Humanitarian Unit impacts directly on changing humanitarian practices to benefit women and girls; which takes place through enhancing coordination and accountability for gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action, promoting consistency and sustainability in addressing gender equality concerns, and strengthening capacity and effectiveness of UN Women field offices together with national entities and civil society.
The Programme Specialist will impact on the effectiveness of the Unit, by freeing up the Humanitarian Action Advisor to allow him/her to develop and articulate appropriate humanitarian strategies. The Programme Specialist will also impact UN Women`s objectives on humanitarian actions by supporting the Humanitarian Action Advisor.
Core values and Guiding principles:
Required Skills and Experience
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.